We have set forth the following Cookies Policy to explain the types of cookies and other technologies used on our Website and our platform, as well as what those cookies are used for. Please note that we are unable to offer our Website or our Services without serving some of our own cookies and/or similar technologies on your device. You therefore consent to our use of www.marymarkou.com cookies when you use our Website and Services. You may, however, be able to avoid certain cookies by configuring your browser settings or opting-out directly with a relevant third party.
This Cookies Policy is organised as follows:
1. What are Cookies?
2. First Party and Third Party Cookies
We may place www.marymarkou.com cookies on your device through our Website. Cookies placed by us are called first party cookies. First party cookies are cookies that are specific to the Website that created them (in this case, www.marymarkou.com). Their use enables us to operate an efficient service and to track the patterns of behaviour of visitors to the Website.
3. Session and Persistent Cookies
Our Website may place session and persistent cookies on your device. Whereas a first party and third party cookie relate to the party controlling the initial placement of the cookie on your device, the difference between a session and a persistent cookie relates to the length of time a cookie will last. Session cookies are cookies that typically last until you close your internet browser. When you end your browser session, the cookie expires.
Persistent cookies, as the name implies, are continuous and will last after you close your browser. This allows for quicker and often more convenient access to our Website. For example, a persistent cookie which our Website reads from your device is the country you visiting us from. This ensures that once the cookie has been placed, when you access the Website in the future you are automatically directed to your relevant language page.
4. Other Technologies
There are other technologies that perform a similar function to cookies. These include web beacons and clear gifs. These technologies are often used in conjunction with cookies to help a Website operator understand its users better. We primarily use these technologies in our Newsletters. We use these technologies when we send you our Newsletter so that we can track when you open an email and what you click within that email. When you open an email and/or click on an email sent from www.marymarkou.com, there will be a brief redirect of this information via a statistics server which we operate. This data is then used to measure the effectiveness of our email campaigns and to allow us to better target our marketing to you and the services we provide.
5. Cookies and Other Technologies on the www.marymarkou.com Website
Our Website may serve you cookies and similar technologies in a number of ways and for a variety of purposes. In general, these include:
• To enable and streamline the basic functioning of the Website and Services across multiple webpages and browser sessions;
• To simplify your use of our Website and Services;
• To monitor, analyse and improve the performance and effectiveness of our Website and our Services; and
• To serve you advertisements that are customised and relevant to you.
5.1. Website Performance
We may place, or we may permit a third party to place, cookies on your device in order to ensure the Website functions properly. This also helps us to monitor and analyse the performance of our Website. We may also use web beacons, clear gifs or similar technologies to measure Website usage and track the effectiveness of our campaigns.
We may use load-balancing cookies, which are cookies used by operators of large websites to help balance traffic across multiple servers. We may place one load balancing session cookie, called “BigipServerstatic” to allow users to optimise speed of delivery of the Website.
The Visual Website Optimizer is a service we use for testing our Website in order to improve user experience on the Website and to maintain data about our users. Several cookies are placed in order to recognise your unique browser (_vis_opt_s, _vis_opt_test_cookie and _vis_opt_exp_511_exclude) all of which are session cookies. You can find more information here about these cookies and you can opt-out here.
WordPress Total Cache is a plugin used to increase site performance. WordPress may place a session cookie named “w3tc_referrer” as well as a Flash LSO named “settings.sol”. These may be placed on your device in order to bring you a better experience in using our Website.
5.2. Google Analytics
Moreover, you can opt-out of having these cookies placed on your device here.
5.3. Social Media
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|PREF||Eight – Ten months|
|Settings.sol (Flash LSO)||Persistent|
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6. Cookie Transparency
If you do not want to have cookies placed on your device by third parties, many of them offer ways to opt-out. Please note, however, that opting-out via third parties is outside of our control. Where possible, we have provided you with a link above that will explain to you how to opt-out of that third party serving you cookies.
Additionally, certain browsers will allow you to select how you would like the browser to respond to requests by third parties to serve your device a cookie. To limit the placing of cookies via your browser, please visit the following websites to learn directly how to prevent cookies from being placed on your device (depending on the browser you use): Firefox; Internet Explorer; Google Chrome; Bing; and Safari.
We reserve the right to amend this Cookies Policy, in whole or part, in our sole discretion. Any changes to our Cookies Policy will be effective immediately upon the posting of the revised policy on the Website. This Policy was last updated in May 2013 and is accurate as of that date. If following an amendment to this Cookies Policy you continue to use the Website or Services, you will be deemed to have consented to any and all such changes. If you do not agree with the terms of this Cookies Policy, as it may be amended from time to time, in whole or part, you must terminate your use of the Website and any Services offered by us.